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Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?

Onions are one of the most common staple foods around the globe. Ironically, for a vegetable so delicious, they can often be tear-jerkers.

Read on to learn why onions cause your eyes to tear and sting, and what you can do to minimize discomfort.

Why Does Cutting Onions Cause Tearing?

Onions produce a sulfur compound called propyl sulfoxide that is stored in the cells of the onion bulb (the part of the onion we eat). Onions grow underground, where they can be eaten by all types of creatures. This odorous sulfuric compound acts as a deterrent to small animals with big appetites.

When one slices into an onion and breaks open its cells, the sulfur compound is released and mixes with the moisture in the air — turning it into smelly and irritating sulfuric acid. When this chemical rises up and comes in contact with your eyes, it stings!

To keep your eyes from potentially being damaged from this chemical exposure, your brain triggers your eyes to tear and flush out the irritating gas particles. Once enough tears have flushed out the sulfuric acids particles from the eye, clear vision and comfort is usually restored. Although your eyes may sting and feel unpleasant, symptoms are temporary and the sulfuric acid won’t damage your eyes.

How Can I Reduce Eye Discomfort When Chopping Onions?

Most experienced chefs will tell you that chilling your onions in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before slicing them will reduce the amount of tearing they cause. Propyl sulfoxide escapes slower in cooler temperatures, reducing the amount of sulfuric acid in the air.

You can also try cutting the onions at arm’s length, or direct the odorous air away with a small fan. Some say that chopping onions immersed in water also helps. Another option is to wear kitchen goggles to protect your eyes.

Furthermore, try to use fresh onions whenever possible. The longer an onion has been stored, the more likely it will induce tearing and discomfort. Try to avoid slicing near the root end of the bulb, as that area has the highest concentration of sulfuric compounds.

Still Having Eye Problems Out of the Kitchen?

If you frequently suffer from eye irritation — and not just while cutting onions — we can help. At Yesnick Vision Center, we treat a wide range of eye conditions and can provide you with the treatment and relief you seek.

For further questions or to schedule an eye exam, call us today.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. David Yesnick

Q: What exactly is glaucoma?

  • A: Glaucoma is a condition in which the eye’s intraocular pressure (IOP) is too high. This means that your eye has too much aqueous humor in it, either because it produced too much, or because it’s not draining properly. Other symptoms are optic nerve damage and vision loss. Glaucoma is a silent disease that robs the patient of their peripheral vision. Early detection is very important.

Q: What’s the difference between vision insurance and eye insurance?

  • A: Vision insurance” really isn’t insurance, but rather a benefit that covers some of your costs for eyewear and eye care. It is meant to be used for “routine” care when you aren’t having a problem but want to be sure everything is OK, like having an annual screening exam with your Primary Care Physician. It often, but not always, includes a discount or allowance toward glasses or contact lenses. It is usually a supplemental policy to your medical health insurance. Medical health insurance covers, and must be used when an eye health issue exists. This includes pink eye, eye allergies, glaucoma, floaters, cataracts, diabetes, headaches, and many other conditions. Blurry vision is covered medically if it relates to a medical condition, for example the development of a cataract. For some reason, however, it is considered non-medical if the only finding is the need for glasses or a change of prescription. Of course you can’t know this until you have the exam. In this case, with vision coverage, you would only be responsible for your co-pay, but with medical coverage without vision coverage, you’d be responsible for the usual charge.

Q: How does high blood pressure affect vision?

  • A: If the blood pressure is very high it can be called malignant hypertension and cause swelling of the macula and acute loss of vision. Otherwise hypertension can cause progressive constriction of the arterioles in the eye and other findings. Usually high blood pressure alone will not affect vision much, however hypertension is a known risk factor in the onset and/or progression of other eye disease such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration as well as blocked veins and arteries in the retina or nerve of the eye that can severely affect vision.

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Emergency Eye Care vs. Routine Eye Care

Your eye is red and painful, your eyelid is swollen and vision seems blurred. Should you call our local Las Vegas eye doctor for an urgent eye exam? Or is it enough to book an appointment for a later, more convenient date? Many people are unsure about what to do when eye problems arise. Let’s discuss the difference between routine eye care services and emergency eye care, so you know the best action to take.

Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide the help you need for a wide variety of emergency conditions. This is particularly significant for keeping you out of the hospital emergency room – and away from exposure to all the germs circulating in the hospital waiting room.

Conditions that Require Emergency Eye Care

If you experience any of the following, our eye doctor recommends contacting our Las Vegas optometry office to schedule an urgent eye exam.

  • Eye injury or trauma, such as getting hit in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Sudden onset of blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Corneal scratches
  • Seeing floaters or flashes of light
  • Oozing discharge, red eyes and eye irritation
  • Foreign object stuck under your eyelid

Some types of dangerous eye emergencies will require a trip to the hospital, such as:

  • When your eyes are dilated unequally or if they suddenly don’t move in coordination
  • A foreign object pierces your eye surface and/or you have bleeding from your eyeball
  • Severe headache with visual effects

Common Routine Eye Care Services

If your eyes are feeling itchy or dry, it can be very annoying, but it’s not classified as an emergency. You need to book an eye exam for diagnosis and treatment, but there’s no urgency.

The same protocol applies for your yearly eye exam, evaluation of visual acuity, or a contact lenses follow-up fitting. These visits to the optometrist are all necessary, but they can wait until it’s convenient for you to come in for your next eye doctor’s appointment.

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Protective Eyewear for Construction Workers

Construction work tops the charts as one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. A range of hazards fly in the face of construction workers regularly, such as splashes from toxic chemicals, debris, UV radiation from sunlight and infrared radiation from torch welding.

To keep your vision safe when you’re working on-site, visit our Las Vegas eye doctor for an eye exam and to consult about the best protective goggles, frames and lenses.

We match your safety eyewear to your job

For ultimate protection from eye injuries, protective glasses must be the right type for the job you do. Our Las Vegas eye doctor will advise you on the toughest frames and lenses to hold up to the rigors of construction work. Additionally, we’ll confirm that your eyewear fits correctly for maximum effectiveness – frames and straps must fit snugly and comfortably.

Types of safety frames and lenses

A variety of protective eyewear designs are available. Here’s a review of the most common features for construction workers:

  • Lightweight and comfortable for long wear
  • Adjustable models to change the angle of vision
  • Anti-fog, anti-glare and scratch-resistant lenses coatings
  • Impact-resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate lenses
  • Can be crafted with prescription lenses, if necessary, or can be fit over prescription glasses
  • Metal or plastic frames, with stiff or flexible versions
  • Wraparound designs prevent small particles from entering from the sides
  • Tinted lenses and UV protection enhance vision in different lighting conditions
  • Can be used with face screens to block flyaway objects and heat from hitting your face

We’ve been hard at work building our collection of protective eyewear for construction workers in Las Vegas! Book an eye exam with Dr. David Yesnick to discuss your visual and occupational requirements so we can point you towards the most durable safety frames and lenses to protect your vision.

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Emergency Eye Care vs. Routine Eye Care

Your eye is red and painful, your eyelid is swollen and vision seems blurred. Should you call our local Las Vegas eye doctor for an urgent eye exam? Or is it enough to book an appointment for a later, more convenient date? Many people are unsure about what to do when eye problems arise. Let’s discuss the difference between routine eye care services and emergency eye care, so you know the best action to take.

Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide the help you need for a wide variety of emergency conditions. This is particularly significRoutine nt for keeping you out of the hospital emergency room – and away from exposure to all the germs circulating in the hospital waiting room.

Conditions that Require Emergency Eye Care

If you experience any of the following, our eye doctor recommends contacting our Las Vegas optometry office to schedule an urgent eye exam.

  • Eye injury or trauma, such as getting hit in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Sudden onset of blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Corneal scratches
  • Seeing floaters or flashes of light
  • Oozing discharge, red eyes and eye irritation
  • Foreign object stuck under your eyelid

Some types of dangerous eye emergencies will require a trip to the hospital, such as:

  • When your eyes are dilated unequally or if they suddenly don’t move in coordination
  • A foreign object pierces your eye surface and/or you have bleeding from your eyeball
  • Severe headache with visual effects

Common Routine Eye Care Services

If your eyes are feeling itchy or dry, it can be very annoying, but it’s not classified as an emergency. You need to book an eye exam for diagnosis and treatment, but there’s no urgency.

The same protocol applies for your yearly eye exam, evaluation of visual acuity, or a contact lenses follow-up fitting. These visits to the optometrist are all necessary, but they can wait until it’s convenient for you to come in for your next eye doctor’s appointment.

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5 Ways to Set Up Your Home Computer to Reduce Eye Strain

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Nearly 60% of people who routinely use computers or digital devices experience symptoms of digital eye strain — also called computer vision syndrome — according to recent data. Since COVID-19 began, the number of hours spent on a computer for tasks like working from home, online schooling, and online shopping has increased dramatically.

Symptoms of computer eye strain include eye fatigue and discomfort, dry eye, headaches, blurred vision, neck and shoulder pain, eye twitching, and red eyes.

If your eyes feel dry and tired, your vision is blurry by the end of the day, or your head, neck, and shoulders ache, the way you utilize your computer and other digital devices might be to blame.

How to Reduce Eye Strain

Spending less time in front of your computer is the best way to reduce digital eye strain, but if you’re working from home or you or your children are learning online, that might not be an option.

Here are 5 steps you can take to lower your risk of eye strain:

1. Use proper lighting

Excessively bright light, either from sunlight or from interior lighting, can cause eye strain.

By reducing exterior light (by closing your drapes, shades or blinds), and tweaking the lighting inside your home (using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or lower intensity bulbs and tubes) you can lower glare and reflections off the screen.

Also, if possible, position your computer screen so the windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.

2. Blink more often

When staring at a screen, people blink one-third less frequently than they normally do. Blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.

To reduce your risk of dry eye during computer use, every 20 minutes blink 10 times by closing your eyes very slowly. This will lubricate your eyes and help prevent dry eye.

3. Relax your eyes

Constantly staring at a computer screen can lead to focusing fatigue, which causes digital eye strain. To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes, look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds.

Some eye doctors call this the “20-20-20 rule.” Looking far away relaxes the focusing lens inside the eye to reduce fatigue.

4. Take frequent breaks

Taking frequent breaks from your screen can help reduce eye strain and neck, back and shoulder pain during your workday.

It is recommended to take at least one 10-minute break every hour. During these breaks, stand up, move about and stretch your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders to reduce tension and muscle aches.

5. Modify your workstation

Poor posture also contributes to digital eye strain. Adjust your workstation and chair to the correct height so your monitor is not too close to, or too far from your eyes, or in a position that causes you to crane your neck.

Position your computer screen so it’s 20 to 24 inches from your eyes. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes for comfortable positioning of your head and neck. With this adjustment, you will not only reduce neck, back, and shoulder pain, but reduce eye strain as well.

People experience different levels of digital eye strain, so if after you have shut down your computer the symptoms persist, then you may have a visual problem that requires attention from your eye doctor. If these symptoms are ignored and nothing is done to alleviate the eye strain the problem will only worsen.

Having a yearly checkup can help you preserve your eye health. Contact Yesnick Vision Center to learn more about how to keep your eyes healthy and reduce eye strain when working on computers.

5 Facts About Scleral Lenses

happy teenagers 640Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses that vault over the cornea and rest on the “white” of the eye (the sclera). In doing so, the lenses form a dome over the irregular cornea that provides clear and comfortable vision for individuals with keratoconus, dry eye and other ocular surface conditions.

Here are 5 facts about scleral lenses and why they are a great choice for many patients.

1- They work when nothing else will.

Patients with an irregularly shaped cornea, whether due to natural causes, an eye condition or complications following surgery, can at times develop vision problems that cannot be corrected using glasses or soft contact lenses. In such cases, scleral lenses provide a more comfortable, stable, secure fit, and improved vision.

For those with keratoconus, scleral contact lenses provide advanced care that resolves visual distortions and creates clear vision while providing a comfortable wearing experience.

In addition to helping those with keratoconus, scleral lenses are also recommended for those with an astigmatism, particularly for high astigmatism that other contacts cannot comfortably correct.

2- Scleral contacts provide relief for those who suffer from dry eye.

Unlike traditional contact lenses, scleral lenses minimize eye irritation. Since they vault over the dry, irritated cornea and sit on the sclera, they offer comfort and clear vision. Sclerals leave a space between the lens and the cornea containing a liquid reservoir of artificial tears that provides a protective cushion that soothes the eye.

This is crucial, because even blinking can irritate the eye or injure the cornea due to the mechanical friction of the eyelids on the cornea. Scleral lenses can act as a shield between a patient’s eyes and their eyelids, protecting the eyes from further irritation or damage.

3- Sclerals are long lasting lenses.

Constructed from high quality, durable materials, these rigid gas permeable contacts typically last 1-3 years. Therefore, while the initial cost of scleral lenses is higher than standard contacts, you’ll benefit from maximum value for your money.

While scleral lenses are long lasting, it is important to book follow up visits with your eye doctor to determine when it’s time to replace them with a new pair, so as not to harm your cornea.

4- Scleral contacts are worth the cost

People assume that because sclerals must be fitted and customized to fit each individual eye, they are exorbitantly expensive. In fact, the lenses are often covered by insurance and certain vision and health savings plans.

These lenses provide enough of an improvement over regular lenses — in both comfort and vision — to justify the investment.

5- Scleral lenses are very comfortable.

Some people mistakenly assume that rigid contacts aren’t comfortable. In reality, scleral contact lenses are very comfortable because they don’t touch the cornea and lubricate the eyes.

If you have irregular corneas, dry eye or hard-to-fit eyes, scleral lenses may be right for you. Find out more about scleral lenses by scheduling an eye exam at Yesnick Vision Center today!

Yesnick Vision Center serves patients from Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Henderson, throughout Nevada.

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Can Eyeglass Lenses Add Zing to Vision for People with Color Blindness?

If you have color blindness, it doesn’t mean you suffer from blindness. Really, it’s a vision condition that can dull your view of the vibrant world, making it impossible to see all the colors of the rainbow.

Color blindness is largely genetic and relatively common, affecting millions of people worldwide. Until recently, it had no effective treatment. But the innovative partnership of a UC Berkeley mathematician and researcher in perceptual psychophysics with a renowned glass researcher changed the status quo. This scientific team developed EnChroma eyeglass lenses for people with color blindness.

Our Las Vegas eye care center team has witnessed the amazing reaction of many color blind patients the first time they put on new eyeglasses with EnChroma lenses! To try them on for yourself, book an appointment with our optometrist near you.

What are color blind eyeglass lenses?

These specially tinted lenses can help a person with color vision deficiency to perceive colors more precisely. While purchasing a pair of new glasses with color blind lenses won’t “cure” color blindness, it can enliven vision by offering colorblind wearers the chance to see a wider spectrum of colors while the glasses are on.

How do color blind lenses work?

Made from advanced optics, these lenses filter out certain wavelengths of light – so the light that enters your eye has a more accurate ratio of wavelengths. Because lighting conditions change from morning to night, color blind eyeglass lenses come in outdoor and indoor versions to function optimally where you need them most. If you require prescription lenses to see clearly, new glasses with EnChroma lenses can also be crafted with your prescription. Alternately, you can wear lenses that fit over your existing glasses.

How can new eyeglasses with color blind lenses help me?

There are a variety of ways that these eyeglass lenses can improve your life. If you’ve always relied on others to make sure your clothes match, these new glasses can finally give you the confidence to get dressed on your own! The changing colors of traffic lights will finally be clear, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for your flower garden. Food may also look more appealing, and you’ll be able to tell the difference between ripe and unripe produce.

Are there different types of eyeglass lenses for color blindness?

Presently, EnChroma lenses are the most widely used lenses for color blindness. In particular, these lenses are helpful for distinguishing between hues if you have red-green color blindness. According to EnChroma, about 80% of all people with a color vision deficiency can be helped by these lenses. The only way to determine if they can help you is by giving them a try!

When you purchase a pair of new eyeglasses from our Las Vegas optical store, the optometrist near you can fit them with specialty eyeglass lenses for color blindness to energize your color vision and brighten your perspective on the world!

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Pink Eye? It Could Be Coronavirus

How to prevent conjunctivitis and protect your eyes

When you have a virus, especially one that causes a hacking cough, runny nose, and other symptoms of a common cold or flu, it’s typical for your eyes to also get puffy and red. You may be suffering from viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.

How do viruses get into your eyes?

It’s rather simple. When you’re sick, you can easily transfer viruses to your eyes by sneezing, coughing into your hands, or blowing your nose – and then touching the area around your eye.

The coronavirus – pink eye connection

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), doctors have discovered that COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis. If you’re standing within six feet of an infected person, and they cough or sneeze, the virus can enter your eye. Alternatively, if someone sneezes and virus particles land on the shopping cart that you take and push around a store, and then you touch your eyes without washing your hands first – you’re giving the virus direct access.

However, despite the apparent ease with which coronavirus can infect eyes, the AAO reports that only about 1 – 3% of all patients with the virus contract pink eye.

Preventing pink eye

Like always, prevention is the most effective medicine! Eye care professionals recommend following these tips to help prevent getting viral conjunctivitis:

  • Wash your hands correctly

The CDC instructs people to wash their hands in accordance with these steps: wet your hands, turn off the tap, apply soap, lather and scrub for 20 seconds, turn on tap and rinse. Air dry your hands, use a disposable paper towel and discard it immediately, or use a clean (not shared) towel.

  • Keep your fingers away from your face

No rubbing or wiping your eyes! Even if you don’t feel any symptoms of coronavirus, it’s essential not to touch any part of your face. To wipe away tears or remove makeup, use a clean tissue.

  • Don’t share your personal things

As generous as you may feel about letting others use your personal items, now’s the time to keep things to yourself. For example, the CDC recommends not sharing eye drops, makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses cases, pillowcases, or towels. Pink eye is highly contagious.

  • Consider wearing glasses instead of contacts

While there’s currently no evidence to prove that wearing contacts raises your risks of contracting the novel coronavirus, there’s some evidence that shows you can get Covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes. In general, contact lenses wearers touch their eyes more often than people who wear eyeglasses, so it may be smart to make a temporary switch from contact lenses to glasses. However, this is only a friendly recommendation and not a hard-and-fast rule. If you prefer to stick with wearing contacts, washing your hands thoroughly can help keep you and your eyes safe.

Treatment for conjunctivitis

Regardless of whether your pink eye is caused by coronavirus or a different virus, there is no treatment for viral conjunctivitis. Usually, it goes away on its own within one to two weeks.

To alleviate your painful symptoms, eye doctors recommend:

  • Taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or any anti-inflammatory drug
  • Applying a warm compress on your eye for a few minutes; take care to use a clean wash cloth each time and for each eye
  • Use artificial tears (lubricating eye drops) to soothe your eye irritation; don’t touch the bottle tip to your eye

Are you sick and have pink eye symptoms?

Now is not the time to make a DIY diagnosis. Eye redness, even if you have a virus, doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have conjunctivitis. A wide range of other conditions can lead to the same symptoms. Contact an eye doctor near you for help to figure out what’s causing your eye pain. Don’t visit your eye care practice without calling for guidance first, because extra precautions must be taken with patients who may have COVID-19.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Glaucoma Treatment: Medication or Surgery

Various treatment options are available for glaucoma, including medicated eye drops, laser procedures, and traditional surgery. The shared goal of all glaucoma treatments is to lower eye pressure, which protects the optic nerve from damage and prevents vision loss. If our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor diagnoses you with glaucoma, possible treatments include:

Eye drops

Generally, the first choice for treating patients with glaucoma is eye drops. This medication works to decrease eye pressure by helping the eye to drain fluid more efficiently and/or by decreasing the quantity of fluid produced by the eye.

Several types of eye drops for glaucoma are available, classified by their active ingredient. They include beta blockers, prostaglandin analogs, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, alpha agonists, and rho kinase inhibitors. Sometimes, people need to use a combination of more than one type of medication.

Oral medicine

When eye drops can’t lower eye pressure sufficiently, an oral medication may also be prescribed. These drugs are associated with specific side effects, such as an upset stomach, frequent urination, kidney stones, and tingling in the fingers and toes.

Surgery

When medication alone is not enough, surgery may be an excellent alternative. At our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye care center, we provide expert co-management for glaucoma surgery. Our eye doctor will work in collaboration with your eye surgeon to provide comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care.

The risks of surgery include red eyes, eye pain, eye infection, vision loss, inflammation, and intraocular pressure that’s too low or too high. Different types of surgeries can improve fluid drainage within the eye, and our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor will discuss which procedure is best for you.

  • Laser surgery to open clogged ducts in the trabecular meshwork is typically the primary treatment used for open-angle glaucoma. It can delay the need for taking medication, saving the patient from the possible side effects. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) are the most common laser surgeries for glaucoma.
  • Filtering surgery (trabeculectomy) works by making an opening in the white of the eye.
  • Drainage tubes may be implanted in the eye.
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) has less risks than other types of surgery and requires less immediate postoperative care.
  • Laser peripheral iridotomy can be used to treat acute angle-closure glaucoma, which is a medical emergency. This procedure involves using a laser to make a small opening in the iris for fluid to flow out from.

If you are treated for glaucoma, you will need to visit our eye doctor for regular follow-up eye exams and monitoring to keep watch on your intraocular pressure. If it is elevated, a new treatment plan or a referral to your eye surgeon to assess the need for repeat surgery may be recommended.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Cosmetic Contact Lenses Can Hide Visual Disfigurement & Revitalize Your Life

Revolutionary prosthetic contacts can be the ultimate aesthetic solution

When most people hear the term “contact lenses,” they think of a convenient way to correct vision – an effective alternative to eyeglasses. However, contact lenses have purposes that go beyond giving 20/20 vision. Cosmetic contact lenses, also called prosthetic contact lenses, are a type of eyewear that’s also intended for covering up ocular disfigurements. These specialty contact lenses can be life-changers: enhancing appearance, boosting self-confidence, and enhancing quality of life for people with eyes that don’t look normal or healthy.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we fit patients with all types of contact lenses, including prosthetic contact lenses; schedule a consultation at our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye care center to learn how we can transform your look with cosmetic contact lenses.

What disfiguring eye conditions can be helped with contacts?

Certain eye conditions or injuries can damage the cornea or other parts of the eye in a way that causes disfigurement. Problems that may lead to an eye deformity include:

  • Eye trauma
  • Eye infections
  • Surgical complications
  • Retinal detachments
  • Glaucoma
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Herpes in the eye
  • Congenital defects (eg. aniridia – being born without an iris, or albinism)
  • Being born with strange pigmentation around the cornea, or a bluish, cloudy cornea

How are these kinds of visual disfigurement treated?

Specialty prosthetic contact lenses can be an ideal solution for hiding eye deformities. If you have a refractive condition, these cosmetic contacts can also improve your vision quality. Basically, they are made with an opaque design that mimics the natural appearance of the eye, instead of being transparent like standard contact lenses.

When we fit patients with cosmetic contact lenses, our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor uses corneal topography to measure the corneal curvature for a comfortable fit. We also consider the color, shape, hue, and details of the person’s natural eye – in order to design these custom contacts to be as close a match as possible.

When the cosmetic lens is worn, the disfigured eye will appear totally normal to outsiders. People who used to be self-conscious about appearing in public no longer have to worry about attracting stares. They can live normally, without constant embarrassment and with a healthy sense of self-esteem.

Do prosthetic contact lenses have a function beyond being cosmetic?

Yes, prosthetic lenses can also enhance visual acuity, comfort, and ocular health. If you have a visibly deformed eye, you may still have vision in that eye but struggle constantly with symptoms such as light sensitivity, color blindness, reduced visual contrast, double vision, or other side effects. In addition to sharpening your vision, cosmetic contacts can be customized to control how much light enters your eye, reduce glare, and maximize your overall vision quality.

If you have an eye condition that allows too much light to reach the back of your eye, such as albinism or aniridia, prosthetic contact lenses also protect your eye health by blocking UV rays from causing damage.

Find out more about cosmetic and prosthetic contact lenses in Las Vegas, Nevada

To learn more about how these specialty lenses work and whether they can help you, visit our Las Vegas, Nevada, vision care center. We’ll work together with you to optimize the value of these transformative contact lenses for your appearance and your life!

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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